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Real Madrid at full strength for Bayern Munich Champions League showdown

ESPN's Alison Bender previews the Champions League semi-final matches where Liverpool take on AS Roma and Real Madrid face Bayern Munich.
Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will have all his star names available for Wednesday's Champions League semifinal first leg at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Madrid have had a week to prepare since last Wednesday's 1-1 home draw with Athletic Bilbao, enabling defender Nacho Fernandez to step up his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Zidane must now choose two from Gareth Bale, Isco, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio to partner Cristiano Ronaldo in the forward positions.

A club statement issued after training on Monday said: "The team continues to fine-tune preparations ahead of the knockout match against Bayern.

"Zidane's men completed the penultimate training session before the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. Nacho continued his recovery process, training alone out on the pitch."

Zinedine Zidane looks on during Real Madrid's La Liga match at Malaga.
Zinedine Zidane has no new injury worries ahead of the Champions League semifinal.

Madrid have been angered by the fallout from the penalty decision that earned them a late aggregate win over Juventus, and president Florentino Perez told a fans' event it was important supporters stuck together.

"We have won two consecutive Champions Leagues which nobody had done, three in four years," he said. "But we keep going excited about making more history.

"We know it is very difficult, Bayern are a very good team, but the players will leave their souls out there, we have a magnificent coach, and I am sure they will do everything humanly possible to bring another European Cup.

"The union of all madridismo makes us strong. We will see if it continues despite many people wanting to break that unity. We need your support in these moments, the most difficult."

Meanwhile, ex-Madrid midfielder Uli Stielike told AS he believed Bayern were in a better state going into the match.

"Bayern-Madrid should have been the final, it has never happened before," the ex-Germany international said.

"Bayern are more stable for sure -- they have already won their league. Madrid have had more ups and downs and gone badly in La Liga. The problem with that is you never know how long the downs will last."

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan


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